Hurricane Lane Drops Historic Rainfall

Hurricane Lane Drops Historic Rainfall on the Big Island via Mario Tama/Getty Images Hurricane Lane Drops Historic Rainfall on the Big Island

Hurricane Lane began as a Category 5 with winds over 150 miles per hour and came in as a Tropical Storm with winds at about 40 miles per hour with much of the damage on the Big Island of Hawaii.

In a nutshell: Lane was considered a Tropical Depression over the weekend and gained strength early Monday to become a Tropical Storm dumping over 4-feet of rain on Hawaii.  Lane was also the first storm to threaten the Hawaiian Islands in over 26-years and could be the costliest.  This historic rainfall was the 3rd highest at 50-inches compared to 52-inches during Hurricane Hiki in 1950 and the most recorded rainfall of 62-inches in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Even though Lane was downgraded, it still caused major damage with flooding, property damage, washed out roadways in Hawaii and the winds also stirred up brush fires in dryer areas of Oahu and Maui. Some good news is that the Wailuku River is taking the flood waters out to the Pacific Ocean.

While Hawaii was spared from the devastation of a category 4 or 5 hurricane, rain is expected to continue over the next several days as weakening Lane continues west.

Another Hurricane on the way?
According to the National Hurricane Center, the latest East Pacific Tropical Storm (Miriam) is currently about 1,600 miles east-southeast of Hilo and about 1,485 miles west-southwest of Baja Californ, Mexico (southern tip) and is expected to become a hurricane.

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